Summer 2016

We had a pretty busy summer. Nothing really seemed to qualify for its own “adventures” post, but we had a lot of fun and went to some beautiful places, so I thought I would post a photo gallery of some of our summer activities, which included:

  • June – Adventure Cycling’s National Bicycle Travel Weekend – we bicycled from our house down the Centennial Trail to Riverside State Park for the weekend, with our friend Tom from the board gaming group and his son Daniel.
  • June – Tater TOT – a gathering of recumbent trike riders in Kellogg, Idaho
  • July – Three-day backpacking trip with my sister Alice and her partner Paul, where we circled Broken Top mountain near Sisters, Oregon
  • We did a lot of volunteering with the Washington Trails Association (WTA), including a 3-day trip in August in the Selkirk Mountains north of Spokane, where we built some bridges with the Backcountry Horsemen
  • Late August – My high-school friend Heidi, her family, and other high-school friend Evan came to visit. No good photos, but we had a very nice time walking in the area, going to a baseball game, playing board games, and hanging out.
  • September – 3-day backpacking trip in the Blue Mountains, in SE Washington state
  • September – Went to Glacier National Park with my dad and his partner Gwen, where we did some canoeing and hiking
  • September – 4-day backpacking trip in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon, with Alice and Paul

Whew! Especially the last 4 weeks involved a lot of doing and driving! And there were several other things we did, at home and away, that I didn’t even mention. Anyway, we did definitely have a great time on all the trips, and are glad to be home for 10 days or so before we go off on our next adventure… stay tuned! Meanwhile, here are the photos. Enjoy! (Remember, you can click on any photo to see a larger version.)

Bike Travel Weekend - Setting off

Bike Travel Weekend – Setting off from Tom’s house

Bike Travel Weekend - Riding down the Centennial Trail

Bike Travel Weekend – Riding down the Centennial Trail

Bike Travel Weekend - At the campground

Bike Travel Weekend – Made it to the campground

Bike Travel Weekend - The way back

Bike Travel Weekend – On the way back, I experimented taking pictures while riding. I had the camera case twist-tied to my handlebars so I could whip out the camera and shoot without stopping.

TOT - Parade of trikes going to dinner

TOT – Parade of trikes going to dinner

Broken Top and the Three Sisters

Broken Top – Paul pointing out the Three Sisters mountains, with Broken Top on the left

near Broken Top

Broken Top – Paul doing some photography as we get around a colorful rock formation

Broken Top - Taking a break, with scenery

Broken Top – Taking a break, with scenery

Burned area near Broken Top

Broken Top – Zach crossing a stream in a burned area

WTA - Jennifer digging a place for a bridge sill to go

WTA – Jennifer digging a place for a bridge sill to go

Carrying a log

WTA – Jennifer and crew carrying a very heavy log for the bridge

WTA - Working on bridges with the Backcountry Horsemen

WTA – Working on bridges with the Backcountry Horsemen

WTA - Almost done laying the deck.

WTA – Almost done laying the deck.

Blue Mountains hillside

Blue Mountains – Zach on a hillside at the start of our trip

Oregon Butte

Blue Mountains – Jennifer on Oregon Butte

Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park

Glacier – Canoeing up Bowman Lake. We camped at the other end two nights.

Glacier - Views all around as we cross a bridge.

Glacier – Views all around as we cross a bridge.

Glacier - Gwen hiking up from Bowman Lake

Glacier – Gwen hiking up from Bowman Lake

Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park, with mist

Glacier – Canoeing back down Bowman Lake

Glacier - Jennifer with a glacier in the background.

Glacier – Jennifer with a glacier in the background.

near Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Glacier – One of the many scenic points along the Going to the Sun Road

Wallowas meadow

Wallowas – Crossing a swampy meadow

Wallowas

Wallowas – Alice and Zach crossing a rocky hillside

Steamboat Lake, Wallowas

Wallowas – Jennifer and our first view of Steamboat Lake

Lake in the Wallowas

Wallowas – Alice and Zach along a lake

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Map (note: not exact). The green marker shows the beginning of the route. If you click on other markers, you will see a note or information about that spot.